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180 terrorists, 31 security personnel, 31 civilians killed in J&K this year: Govt

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“8 scribes working in Kashmir received threat from terrorists online”

New Delhi: Eight journalists working in Kashmir have received threat from terrorists online and four of them have reportedly resigned from their jobs, Union Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai said in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday.

Rai said a case has been registered at the Shergari police station in Srinagar in this regard.

“As reported, eight journalists working for Srinagar-based local newspapers received threat through terror blog ‘Kashmir Fight’. Four media persons have reportedly resigned. The media persons who resigned belong to the media house ‘Rising Kashmir’,” he said replying to a written question from BJP MP Sushil Kumar Modi.

The minister said the government has a policy of zero tolerance against terrorism and the security situation has improved significantly in Jammu and Kashmir.

He said the government has taken several steps to protect the lives of people, including media-persons, from terrorist attacks which include proactive security arrangements wherein security personnel remain deployed across Jammu and Kashmir to thwart any threat and attempt at the hands of terrorists or their handlers.

Separately, it was also informed that as many as 14 people belonging to minority communities, including three Kashmiri Pandits, have been killed in Jammu and Kashmir this year so far

Rai also informed that 180 terrorists, 31 security personnel and 31 civilians were also killed in J&K in 123 terrorist incidents this year so far.

“14 persons belonging to minorities including three Kashmiri Pandits have been killed in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir since January, 2022 till November 30, 2022,” he said replying to a written question.

Rai said there were certain media reports of Kashmiri Pandit Sangharsh Samiti highlighting their security concerns and various measures have been taken by the government to protect the lives of minorities which include group security in the form of static guards, day and night area domination, round the clock ‘nakas’ at strategic points among others.

Under Prime Minister’s Development Package, 2015, 3,000 government jobs for Kashmiri migrants have been created of which 2,639 have been appointed in the last five years, he said.

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